What is a drone?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers.
Are you licensed to fly?
Yes. We are Part 107 licensed with both the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the State of North Carolina to fly drones commercially. We are also a registered LLC with the State of North Carolina.
No matter who you choose to fly for you please make sure they are licensed with both the FAA and the State or they, as well as you, could face legal issues.
Are you insured?
Yes. We are insured for $1 – $2.5 million depending on the needs of the flight area and customer. We also have $10K in privacy insurance as an added protection. We make available proof of insurance for the flight upon request. Make sure that whomever you choose to fly for you protects you as well as themselves and can prove they have insurance.
What area do you fly?
Our primary area is the Raleigh / Triangle area of North Carolina, but we are open to traveling anywhere for additional fees.
How long can you stay up per flight?
Our drones are capable of staying in the air nearly 30 minutes per battery. This time varies based on wind conditions as well as how much maneuvering is needed for the shots. We always leave a safety buffer as well to make sure we don’t incur a battery failure in flight.
How high and far can you fly?
The drones we use are capable of flying thousands of feet in the air and up to 4 miles away. That said FAA restrictions require us to to go no more than 400′ above the ground or tallest object and maintain sight of the craft at all times. Waivers with the FAA, under certain circumstances, can be obtained if reasonable and far enough in advance.
Can you fly over groups of people?
Technically no. The FAA is very clear that flying over people is not normally allowed. That said if everyone is aware and agrees to having the drone flight occur then it is permissible. So for example at a wedding all guests would need to be made aware and agree to the drone being overhead.
Are there any issues flying where I need you to?
Since this industry is on the cutting edge, new rules and regulations are coming out regularly so be sure to ask us about the most current drone laws.
There is a 5-mile radius “no fly zone” around all international airports and 1 mile around local airports. There are also other areas with restricted flight, to check your project’s location, please visit this Know Before You Fly Map.
That being said, there is a process through the FAA where one can obtain a Certificate of Authorization. These are processed within 60 days. If you have a project located in a no-fly zone, reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can submit a petition to fly.